"I know you guys write and another guy puts on the headline," said Guillen,
who acknowledged being upset with both the head and deck head. "I know the
writers don't make the headlines. The headlines had nothing to do with the
article. I understand that."
"I told Mike I did not say this," said Guillen "I'm not happy with what
happened, but I told him, 'You did not have anything to do with it. I was
upset with the kid [Escobar].
"[Scioscia] called me back and we decided we should turn the page," said
Guillen. "We don't want [the players] to carry this through the rest of
their careers. We don't want to have bad blood between two teams and two
people who had nothing to do with it."
"Ozzie was upset with what was in the paper," said Scioscia, "We talked, we're fine. We don't have any problems with A.J. or with anybody on their club."
"To me, the thing is over," said Guillen. "If something happens again, we'll
see what happens."
Sunday, Angels starter Ervin Santana hit Joe Crede in the shoulder region in
the second inning. But there were no glares or stares or any incident.
For the record, there were no quotes from Guillen in that published story
about Scioscia whom he had absolved from blame. In fact, on Saturday, he said,
"Mike Scioscia is one of my favorite people in baseball and I don't have too
many favorite people in this game. Mike to me is one of the class act
managers, I always look up to him."
Of course the Escobar-Pierzynski controversy goes back to last year's American League Championship Series.
Escobar was on the mound in Game 2 of the ALCS at Cellular Field when
Pierzynski reached first base on the controversial third strike call by
home-plate umpire Doug Eddings as catcher Josh Paul rolled the ball back to
Pierzynski also reached on a play in Game 5 of that series in which Escobar
tried to tag him with his glove, but had the ball in his bare hand.
Guillen wondered why the teams weren't warned before the game knowing the
"The umpires did do a good job, but the warning should have been before the
game, or even before the series began," said Guillen.
Pierzynski, who heard loud boos throughout the first two games of the
series, was given the day off Sunday as Chris Widger got a start. Widger had caught two of Sunday's starter Jon Garland's shutouts. The backup catcher gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning with an RBI single.
There were a couple of other lineup changes as Rob Mackowiak was starting in
center field and Alex Cintron at second base.
Thornton in key situation:
Guillen showed great confidence in
bringing in reliever Matt Thornton with the game on the line in the ninth
inning of Saturday's game. Thornton, who hadn't pitched since April 13 due
to a sore lower back, picked up the hold retiring Garrett Anderson before
walking Darin Erstad. Bobby Jenks then came on for his seventh save.
"We want to find out about what we've got," said Guillen. "I tell all my
pitchers that I don't care what they did in the past. You can't win games in
key situations, unless you are in games in key situations.
"I think I showed faith in him (Thornton)," said Guillen. "I want him to
feel that everybody in the organization has that same faith. You can't be afraid
to fail. We want to see our guys in tough situations to see what they can
do. That's how you can create players and know what you have."
Thornton has not allowed a run in 10 innings lifetime against the Angels.
Guillen-Leyland mutual admiration:
When Guillen first
came up to the White Sox as a player in 1985, Jim Leyland was the team's
third base coach on his way to becoming a big league manager. Today, both
Guillen and Leyland are managing in the Majors, both in the same AL Central
They appear to have great admiration for one another.
"Jim was my coach, one of the best third base coaches I ever had," said
Guillen. "He was a great man for baseball. I think this man brings the best
out of his players. He's not a good manager, nobody's a good manager. If you
don't have good players, you're not a good manager. He's a great communicator
with his players. It's going to be a great thing for the Detroit Tigers to
bring him on board.
"The difference with us is that he spent a lot of time in the Minor Leagues
and he knows a lot of different things in baseball," said Guillen. "He is a
very nervous guy, pacing back and forth in the dugout, but I think people
learn a lot about the game just being around him. He has a great passion for
the game. Baseball needs people like him."
Leyland, who was here in Anaheim with his resurgent Tigers earlier in the
week, was asked about Guillen and their early baseball days together in
"Ozzie is a very talented guy, a very personable young man who is now a very
personable older guy," said Leyland. "He was a very special guy, a good player
with a lot of energy. I remember we (White Sox) got him in a trade with San
Diego as part of the LaMarr Hoyt trade.
"We had Scott Fletcher and I was a big Fletcher fan," said Leyland. "But our
scouts talked about this kid (Guillen) who was a great prospect and he
turned out to be a heckuva player.
"You could tell he was a very instinctive guy even back there," said
Leyland. "He's a bright guy and the success he's had as a manager doesn't
The White Sox begin a two-game series in Cleveland on Monday
with RHP Javier Vazquez (2-1, 3.67 ERA) taking on LHP Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.97 ERA) at
6:05 p.m. CT. Mark Buehrle and C.C. Sabathia will hook up on Tuesday morning
at 11 a.m. CT.